By Blood Alone
Release date / Patch
Build a new empire, resist foreign aggression or explore the limits of neutrality in Hearts of Iron IV: By Blood Alone. This new expansion adds new alternate history options and gameplay variety for three nations, as well as other significant changes.
- New Italian Focus Tree: Follow the historical path of Mussolini’s Italy or rewrite history by restoring power to the monarchy, leading a Communist revolution or promoting democracy.
- New Ethiopian Focus Tree: Defy the odds to defeat the Italian invader or resist the conqueror from abroad using unique Government in Exile abilities.
- New Swiss Focus Tree: Surrounded by France, Germany and Italy, the mountain nation of Switzerland finds strength in its neutrality, balancing competing factions and overtures from the great powers.
- New Peace Conference Options: Demilitarize zones of the map or entire nations, bid on the capital ships of defeated powers, or claim control of enemy resources or factories as reparations.
- Aircraft Designer: Design and build your own planes, from nimble interceptors that prioritize speed to durable bombers crafted to unload tons of destruction from high above.
- Unit Medals: A log of each division’s accomplishments lets you track their performance, and even allows you to award unique medals to division commanders for their actions in the field.
- Embargo Interaction: Embargo your enemies with a new diplomatic interaction, preventing them from trading with you if they have generated enough world tension.
- New Unit Models: Over 20 new unit models for Italy, Ethiopia, and Switzerland
- New Plane Models: 67 new plane models
- 12 New Music Tracks
- Main article: Developer diaries
All developer diaries about the By Blood Alone expansion and patch 1.12 (aka Avalanche).
- Patch 1.12 (Avalanche)
|No.||Title and Link||Description||Date|
|17||Release!||Release of the By Blood Alone expansion and patch 1.12||2022-09-27|
|16||Art & Achievements||New art and achievements for By Blood Alone||2022-09-21|
|15||Tech||Updated OS requirements and performance improvements of Avalanche||2022-09-14|
|14||Modding||Overhauled Career Profile with Playthrough Overviews and (moddable!) in-game Awards||2022-08-31|
|13||Quality of Life Improvements||Changes to war support, piercing, AI tank strategy, and more||2022-08-24|
|12||Peace Conference Roundup||Overview of the new peace conference system, including UI and new demand types||2022-08-17|
|11||Division Commanders & Unit Medals||New field officers and awardable medals for divisions.||2022-08-10|
|10||Plane Designer||A look at the new plane designer.||2022-08-03|
|9||Ethiopia #2||A look at the alternate history branches of the new Ethiopian focus tree.||2022-07-20|
|8||Switzerland #2||A look at the alternate history branches of the new Swiss focus tree.||2022-07-12|
|7||Italy #2||A look at the alternate history branches of the updated Italian focus tree.||2022-07-05|
|6||Ethiopia #1||A look at the common and historical branches of the new Ethiopian focus tree.||2022-06-29|
|5||Switzerland #1||A look at the historical branch of the new Swiss focus tree.||2022-06-22|
|4||Italy #1||A look at the common and historical branches of the updated Italian focus tree.||2022-06-15|
|3||Designer Corner: Naval Rebalance||Goals and implementation plans for naval rebalance.||2022-06-01|
|2||Designer Corner: Air Changes||Open discussion for changes to Air management and combat.||2022-05-18|
|1||Designer Corner: Peace Conference||Open discussion for changes to peace conferences.||2022-05-04|
- Forum, Announcement - Hearts of Iron 4: By Blood Alone, 2022-06-07.